Berkeley High School Parli Invitational

2019 — Berkeley, CA/US

Thanks to everyone who attended the tournament this year. Here are the results of hidden semis and finals. Note: this supersedes the overall team rankings generated by Tabroom for the affected teams.




Hidden Semis:

MA/Nueva IB  def. Pioneer/Aragon ZH

Bishop O’Dowd OS def. Menlo-Atherton NB


Finals: MA/Nueva def. Bishop O’Dowd




Hidden Semis:

Dougherty Valley CP def. Menlo-Atherton XC

El Cerrito BW def. Aptos BB


Finals: Dougherty Valley def. El Cerrito




Update: The members of the topic committee for the tournament will be Judith Barish, Emma Barton, Joel Jacobs, Artem Raskin, and Mark Windham.



Dear Coaches and Competitors,


Berkeley High Speech and Debate is delighted to invite you to our Third Annual High School Parliamentary Debate Invitational on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  


We welcome all parli debaters to our tournament. Last year, our second, we were thrilled to grow from a small to a large invitational, with teams from both Northern and Southern California. This year, we have received confirmation that Southern California teams will once again compete.




Berkeley High School is conveniently located at 1980 Allston Way, Berkeley, one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and many bus lines.  As a gesture in the face of a federal government that denies climate change, we offer a $5 discount on entry fees for any team that arrives by public transit.


Please leave extra time to find parking. The nearest parking garage is at 2061 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.


Please use the entrance on Allston Way, near Milvia (the A Gate). It is the only one that will be open.


As in previous years, the judges’ room will be the school library, and student prep will take place in the cafeteria.



This one-day parli tournament will offer five single-flighted prelims, breaking to finals, in both Open and Novice Divisions.  (Both members of a novice team must be in their first year competing in any debate event.)  


Internet prep is allowed. Debaters may receive assistance only from their partners, and not from other debaters or coaches.  During rounds, debaters may use only handwritten materials prepared during prep time, and may use anything as a timer.




One judge covers two teams.  Judging fees are $100 per uncovered entry.    


All judges must have Tabroom accounts including mobile phone numbers, and must bring a charged device.




Register on Tabroom.  No school fee.  The entry fee is $55/team for Novice and $65/team for Open.  Adds and drops should be made by February 13, 2019 at 5 pm; after that, drops are non-refundable. There will be a nuisance fee of $25 for changes (other than names) after February 13, and for any changes within 24 hours of the tournament.


Checks should be payable to Berkeley High Speech and Debate. Do not mail checks to Berkeley High School: they will lose your money. You can send them to Cheryl Berg, 68 Plaza Drive, Berkeley CA 94705, or bring to registration on the day of the tournament.


Please contact us if the above fees would be a hardship for your school.




We will provide breakfast and lunch to judges and coaches.  Good pizza will be sold at the tournament for competitors.




We will use exclusively electronic ballots. All judges must have a Tabroom account and be reachable by mobile phone, and bring a fully charged device.


Independent and Hybrid Entries


All entries should be registered under the name of the school they attend, if possible. Hybrids should be registered under both schools. Exceptions will require written permission from the head coach or principal of any affected school. No independent entries are permitted from a school that is entering teams under the school’s name, absent unusual circumstances, which should be discussed with the tournament staff beforehand. 


For club teams, the burden of avoiding judging conflicts will be on the judges and competitors involved. Judges must note all conflicts in Tabroom. A common club affiliation (e.g., the judge is a coach, or parent of a student, in the same club program as one or more debaters in a round) is a conflict. The burden is on the judge and affiliated team to notify the tournament of the conflict. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit for the affiliated team.


Additional Information


Topics, schedule updates, and other announcements during the tournament will be made through this Google Doc:


Please check regularly, as the schedule may change as the day progresses.


Feel free to email us at with questions and comments.




We are committed to running a fair tournament to address bias based on gender, race, sexual orientation, school affiliation, or membership in any other group. There will be an equity officer in attendance to whom you can bring concerns. In addition, concerns can be raised anonymously through this form:


Any concerns about any aspect of the tournament can also be directed to the tournament director, before, during, or after the tournament.


Thank you,

Judith Barish, Tournament Director

Joel Jacobs, Tab Director

and Berkeley High Speech and Debate